Saturday and Sunday, you may have seen the Children's Miracle Network Telethon on one of your local television stations. NewsChannel5, the CBS affiliate in Nashville telecast the local segments from the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Various news anchors and station personalities hosted the broadcast which also featured stories about patients, doctors, nurses and others involved. Volunteers from throughout the community answered donation phones, and children of station personnel appeared on set every hour to update viewers on the total raised at that point. The little kids are especially excited to visit and appear on the set at times.
The Children's Miracle Network is a nonprofit organization that raises money to help families and to benefit the programs of various children's hospitals around the country. While a lot of the money comes through individual donations, many corporations donate checks, also. While we were at the telethon, local Costco employees presented two checks (more than $20,000) to the telethon hosts. This year, the telethon raised $1.6 million, down about $500,000 from last year.
To read more about Children's Miracle Network, click here.
Side note: Thanks to all of you for your kind words about my post yesterday. In a way, Paper Moon was like my baby. I birthed it, watched it grow, played with it, had fun with it, stressed over it, worried about it, and loved it, and grieved over it. Thank you for understanding.